SCI Member Collins K. is 79 years old, has hunted extensively in North America and has taken a number of hunting trips to Africa. He writes:
“I shoot various rifles for North American hunting, but two of my favorites are the .257 Wby. Mag. in a Weatherby Mark V Ultralight and a .340 Wby. Mag. by Ultra Light Arms.
“I handload all of my ammo. In the .257 I use 100-grain Nosler Partitions, IMR 4831 and Federal 215 GM Match primers for a muzzle velocity of 3,740 fps.
“The .340 I load with 185-grain Barnes X-Bullets ahead of IMR 4350 powder with Federal 215 GM Match primers. It clocks 3,330 fps at the muzzle. Both loads are safe in my rifles, do not show any signs of pressure and both rifles shoot 1/2 inch three-shot groups at 100 yards from the bench and sometimes better.
“With my African rifles, when hunting dangerous game, I have taken a number of Cape buffalo with .460 Wby. Mag., .458 Win. Mag., .378 Wby. Mag and .375 H&H, but my favorite is a Winchester Pre-’64 Model 70 Super Grade in .375 H&H. In fact, on one occasion I took a very nice bull at a touch under 200 yards with one shot. He went only 50 yards after he was hit.
“My .375 H&H load uses a 260-grain Nosler Partition ahead of Win. 760 powder with a Federal 215 GM Match primer. The rifle clocks 2,750 fps at the muzzle and shoots one-inch or better three-shot groups at 100 yards from the bench.
“My African plains game rifle is a Weatherby Mark V Accumark in .30-378 Wby. Mag. I have taken lion, leopard, eland, kudu and a pile of plains game with this rifle. My load is a 180-grain Barnes X-Bullet ahead of IMR 7828 powder with a Federal 215 GM Match primer. Muzzle velocity is 3,320 fps and it prints 3/4 inch three-shot groups or better at 100 yards.
“Mounted on the two North American rifles mentioned above I have a Swarovski 4-12X on the .257 and a Leupold 3.5-10X on the .340. On the .375 H&H I put a 1.5-5X Leupold in QD mounts, and on the .30-378 I use a Swarovski 3-12X scope.
“All of the Weatherby calibers are fitted with synthetic stocks, which are great for their lack of warping and their lighter weight. However, the Pre-’64 Winchester Model 70 has its original fine wood stock that over the years has never failed in changing point of impact.”